I could slam into you

I could slam into you.

I could hurt you.

I could.

This narrow bitumen road, with potholes and uneven surface, reminds me of our lives.

There’s a dotted line down the middle of it, dividing your side from mine and all it takes is one person to entangle it all and undo the faith.

There’s a lot of trust in the world.

I can see the oncoming car lights, far in the distance and as the vehicle approaches; I consider what I might do. What they could do. The possibility of impact.

If I keep further to the left of my side, I have more chance.

If I drive fast, I increase the risk. I also might arrive sooner. If I drive slowly, all the precautions in the world might not save me from you.

What is meant will be.

And people make mistakes.

I know what two cars smashing into each other sounds like. I know what it feels like and I will never forget how it changes everything.

People are like cars.

I could slam into you.

I will keep to my side, you to yours and we will drive by one another.

We will be overtaken, on the crest and sometimes we will be blindsided.

We will take risks.

And our Sunday drives will be perfect.

You will break down, he’ll rev his engine and she’ll never fully manage to park it like her friend does.

We will all keep driving or being driven.

Until, one day; we become motionless.

Yesterday, I passed a truck with a tray full of crushed cars, headed for metal scrap and I tried to imagine who might’ve driven those cars and how complete they once were.

Somewhere, one time, on a road with lines, either dotted or solid, someone made a mistake.

Or perhaps they made a choice.

There’s a lot of trust in the world.

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I could slam into you

PJ Ryan

Melbourne, Australia

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